MHI wins large LPG carrier order

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Shipbuilding has received its first order for a LPG carrier Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Shipbuilding has received its first order for a LPG carrier

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Shipbuilding has received an order from Astomos Energy Cooperation for a large liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) carrier.

This order is the first for Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Shipbuilding since its launch on 1 October.

The LPG carrier will measure 230.0m in length overall (LOA), 36.6m in width and 11.1m in draft. It will have a gross tonnage of 48,300 tonnes and a deadweight tonnage of 51,100 tonnes.

Equipped with the industry’s most advanced systems, the ship will have the capacity to carry up to 83,000m3 of LPG.

Demand for LPG produced in North America is projected to increase in markets worldwide. Newly constructed ships must offer increased carrying capacities and be able to transport over longer distances.

The LPG carrier will meet various tightening environmental restrictions as the company aims to build the world’s most advanced LPG carrier fleet.

Astomos Energy already operates a fleet of 21 large LPG carriers and the new carrier will replace a vessel which was built in the early 1990s.

Alongside the newly ordered carrier, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Shipping will also complete the build of four ships previously ordered by Astomos to the group’s parent company Mitsubishi Heavy Industries.

Completion and delivery are scheduled for the fourth quarter of 2018.

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